[Wikimedia-l] UK.Gov passes Instagram Act

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Thu May 2 09:54:04 UTC 2013

On 2 May 2013 08:37, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2 May 2013 07:54, Federico Leva (Nemo) <nemowiki at gmail.com> wrote:

>> If that's it, the law is completely useless, it just parrots general EU
>> regulations. The big question in Europe is what qualifies as a "diligent
>> search": I don't know if as usual UK wants to decide on its own, in any
>> case it would be useful for WMUK to ask a committee or whatever to assist
>> the Secretary of State in the decision and to be appointed/heard in such
>> committee. Usually they only listen to publishers and sometimes librarians.

> The reality is that the law is of no real interest to us since such works
> can't end up under a free license.

This is, of course, false. Ridiculous copyright lengths and permission
culture in general are very much a problem for us, and something it's
strongly in our interest to push back on in general.

- d.

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